Congratulations, Maumee Valley Community on finishing the year! The end of each school year is replete with celebration, and even in the midst of struggle and hardship, we have much to celebrate.
First, to the parents and students who have participated in remote learning, you made it! Thank you for your partnership and patience as we navigated remote learning.
On Tuesday night, we celebrated the graduation of our senior class. It was wonderful to come together as a socially distanced community at the Sundance Drive-In Theater. We wish the amazing class of 2020 well as they head to gap years, the military, and college next year. They have truly left a legacy of leadership, stewardship, and compassion for our community. On Wednesday night, we celebrated the moving up of our eighth grade students; we look forward to welcoming them to the Upper School next fall!
I would like to share and honor the recipients of our end-of-year faculty and staff awards. Each awardee has helped to define our community and lead us further on the path to excellence.
The Larry Anning Award for Staff Excellence is presented annually to a staff member who has worked at Maumee Valley for at least five years. The recipient is chosen by committee following a nomination process. The recipient personifies the highest ideals of personal integrity, professionalism, excellence, and treats all members of the community with courtesy, kindness, and respect. The person chosen embodies the mission and vision of the school. For her dedication to all things Maumee Valley, calm in the face of a storm, creativity, commitment, diligence, and professionalism, this year’s recipient is Melissa Kuhl.
The Alumni Centennial Award for Faculty Excellence is presented annually to a faculty member who has worked at Maumee Valley Country Day School for at least five years, embodies and demonstrates the ideals of the teaching profession and of the Maumee Valley community, is outstanding in the classroom, is a constructive faculty leader, and contributes in ways outside of the classroom. For her excellence in teaching, compassionate care of our students, and passionate leadership of the ELC Forest School program, the faculty excellence award recipient is Christine Marker.
The Virginia Secor Stranahan ‘22 Chair in the Humanities is a four-year award that honors a teacher and encourages professional development. The chair allows the pursuit of enriching opportunities for study, travel, or other projects that will enhance one’s professional contributions to the Maumee Valley community. Highly skilled in pedagogy and gifted in awakening the intellectual curiosity in students, a builder of community, and a ceaseless advocate for students, Rollie Barnes is this year’s recipient.
As we plan for next year, I will keep you updated on our process. You can expect continued communication from me throughout the summer. I will share an update on June 19th regarding our task force planning for reopening. Our division heads would appreciate you once again taking the survey to share your experience on remote learning so that if we have periods of remote learning next year, we can make sure that we are thoughtful planning and continuing to improve. The surveys will remain open through June 12th.
Have a wonderful summer!